The number of kitchen remodeling projects increased by 40 percent in mid-2020, according to CNBC. Alongside bathrooms, kitchens have long been popular remodeling choices, because of their central role in the home. Nowadays, more members of the family are getting involved in the kitchen, and this is reflected by the increasing popularity of kitchen remodels. More than just a place to cook meals, the kitchen has now become the home’s gastronomic center. A place for both parents and kids to hone their culinary skills and turn the family dining area into something of a home restaurant. Not to mention, remodeling your kitchen can also be beneficial to your mental health, on top of increased utility and aesthetic value.
Breakfast & Snack Bar
Today’s fast-paced routines leave little time for essential activities such as breakfast. That’s why novel ideas such as breakfast bars are slowly gaining popularity. This specialized version of the kitchen island is designed to make it so that everyone in the house can have breakfast no matter how much of a rush they are in. This little station can be separate from the main kitchen island or serve as its substitute. Its main purpose is to hold all of the utensils, ingredients, and gadgets one needs to make breakfast double-quick.
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Open Layout Kitchen
Kitchens are now having a more prominent role in family life. Hence, prevailing design trends are starting to focus on increasing accessibility and quality of life. In recent years, attention has shifted to making kitchens as spacious and free-flowing as possible. This mainly involves minimizing wasted space, clutter, and making everything in the kitchen easily accessible. This is primarily founded on the psychological effects of space and clutter on the mind and productivity.
As kitchen space and accessibility increase, so will the quality of one’s cooking. Open layout kitchens involve a rigorous selection of appliances and storage to make sure that you get as much utility in as little space as possible. Look up guides on how to choose appliances such as refrigerators and storage furniture to find the proper balance between your needs and the space you have available.
Concealed Storage And Appliances
Getting appliances and storage shelves to agree with aesthetic choices such as backsplashes can be tricky. That’s why many homeowners are opting to conceal their appliances and pantries behind cabinet doors. Shuttering away kitchen features like this makes them look more uniform. Thus, it is easier to accentuate the room with bold features without fear that they might clash with something. Aside from aesthetic reasons, the uniformity of appearance does wonders to make the kitchen look and feel more organized. Concealing features behind doors and panels makes the entire kitchen look a lot less chaotic at a glance. This lends itself to positive associations about cooking.
These simple changes can go a long way in making cooking feel like less of a chore and more of a fulfilling activity to do for your family. Try them out and see for yourself how a simple breakfast bar and some new storage furniture can fundamentally change how you view your kitchen.
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